Nick Jonas got candid about the story behind his once-revered purity ring.
The “Jealous” singer explained that growing up as the son of a pastor came with pressure and scrutiny, which he equated to being the church’s “First Family, in a Reddit AMA questionnaire on Thursday, Mar. 31.
Prior to the fame that came with the Jonas Brothers’ success, Nick was blindsided with a commitment to chastity with the accompaniment of an accessory.
“There was a person in the church who at one point demanded that all the kids in the youth group put these purity rings on and make this commitment,” wrote Jonas. “So without a full understanding of what we were stepping into, we all made this commitment.”
“But as you do, you grow up, you live life, you gain some world perspective and you develop your own views and opinions as it relates to faith, as it relates to sex, and everything that falls under the bounds of what your parents teach you and what comes from religion and you get to make your own choices.”
A turning point came in the singer’s life when he decided to embrace his individuality.
“So I started making my own choices,” he continues, “Fell in love with somebody, made the choice to have sex with them, and from that point on it was about me being a man and being okay with my choices. And then it related to my art and people’s view of me and the public eye.”
Nick attributes confidence to his self-acceptance as it grew outside of the church and feels that establishing his views on sexuality in the public eye was “a good thing”. “It gave me a really good perspective to where as now my main thing is about being okay with who I am as a man and the choices I’ve made, and I think everyone should have a good and solid conversation with either their parents or loved ones about sex and about what they want to do with their life, because it shouldn’t be taboo,” he says. “It’s a big part of who we are and what makes us human, and if we can’t address these things head on, then I think that it can really be challenging.”
Read his full AMA session over on Reddit.